Above: Eva Schloss, photo by Laurie Krasin.
Eva Schloss and her family were captured in Holland by the Nazis on her fifteenth birthday. Seventy-three years later, the celebrated author, activist and step-sister of Anne Frank comes to East Lansing to share her story.
Schloss will speak at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center this Wednesday, September 6. Her presentation, entitled “A Story of Triumph,” will recount her experiences as a victim of the Holocaust and how she overcame such atrocities after losing her father and brother in Auschwitz. Guest Interviewer Tami Weiss, a professor of art at the University of Wisconsin, will introduce Schloss and speak about art during the Holocaust.
The event is hosted by the Chabad House of Greater Lansing/MSU. Chabad is a worldwide movement seen as more of an organization rather than a congregation, explains Rabbi Hendel Weingarten. Weingarten is the founder of the Greater Lansing/ MSU branch, which celebrates its fifteenth anniversary in the East Lansing community this year.
“[Chabad] functions as a home for Jewish people wherever they are to make them feel comfortable,” Weingarten said.
Weingarten and his family are no strangers to the atrocities of the Holocaust. The Rabbi and his wife, Bracha Leah Weingarten, lost many family members to Nazi atrocities during the Second World War.
“The number one reason [of significance] is how close the Holocaust is to our family… and recognizing the concept of the education, about what happened, and remembering the faith the Jewish people had and needed to continue on afterwards,” Weingarten said in an interview with ELi.
As time progressed, Schloss recognized the importance of such Holocaust education. Living in London, she became more involved with such efforts in 1985. She is currently a Trustee of the Anne Frank Educational Trust, U.K, and has written several memoirs and plays to recount her own experiences that have been sold and performed around the world. Schloss continues to travel and spread a message of peace, and to educate younger generations about the horrors of the Holocaust.
Rabbi Weingarten echoes Schloss’s message.
“Holocaust education is for the next generation to know what happened, but also to see the heroes throughout that generation and the heroes throughout the Holocaust who helped save people, to today…there are always good people out there willing to help” Weingarten said. “The more good we bring into the world, Goodness and kindness will bring about the final redemption.”
The event will run from 7 p.m. to approximately 10 p.m. Student admission is $10, and regular admission is $20.
Berkley Sorrells was a participant in ELi’s Summer Youth Journalism Program.